Monthly Archives: March 2023
March 31, 2023
Are you in charge of your dental office's supplies, but don't know how to stay on top of it, or on track while you're counting?
Are you new to the role and/or unsure of whether you might have missed something?
This article will go over all the basic necessities to maintain your dental office supplies at a sufficient level and give you some suggestions you might not have been aware of.
March 31, 2023
How do I save money on dental supplies?
Operating a dental office requires a substantial upfront cost for dental equipment and supplies.
Dentists spend a large percentage of overhead keeping those supplies stocked.
Many routinely purchase items from a dental supply distributor, never realizing they are overpaying for items.
Unlike manufacturers, distributors charge more for products, therefore increasing dentists' overhead costs.
Manufacturers save dentists money by cutting out the middleman and providing the lowest prices for dental supplies.
Basic Equipment Costs
March 29, 2023
Masks are an important part of dental personal protective equipment (PPE).
With quality masks, you and your staff can reduce the spread of germs, bacteria, and other infectious particles present in patients’ mouths.
Masks are recommended by several protocols, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bloodborne Pathogens.
Dental workers need to be trained on how to keep infections under control and understand the role of disposable masks in disease prevention.
March 28, 2023
Sterilization pouches are a vital tool that help to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
These specialized pouches provide an extra layer of protection against infection by killing instrument germs and bacteria.
They provide a sterile environment that prevents cross-contamination, which can be potentially dangerous.
But how do sterilization pouches work?
Sterilization pouches use a combination of heat, humidity, and pressure to create an environment inside the pouch that eliminates microorganisms.
The pouch is constructed from solid paper and/or plastic material
March 24, 2023
This explanatory article on barriers is part of a series of articles that were created to help new office managers and patients understand the uses and best practices of barrier products for infection control.
March 20, 2023World Oral Health Day is a great time for dental offices to take meaningful action to promote good oral health practices and help end the neglect of oral health. We have gathered some easy ways that dental offices can help spread awareness and conversation around World Oral Health Day.
March 15, 2023
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV)*
RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in Canada and the United States.
Symptoms and Care
People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
March 15, 2023
Interim guidance on infection prevention and control for suspect, probable, or confirmed monkeypox within Healthcare settings*Infection Prevention and Control
Airborne, droplet, and contact precautions should be used for all suspect, probable, and confirmed cases of monkeypox. Precautions should be used when a patient presents with fever and vesicular/pustular rash (suspected case). Any lesions or respiratory secretions should be considered infectious material.
Continue to follow routine practices including:
March 15, 2023Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease*
Symptoms of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash. The rash is commonly found on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old. Most children have mild symptoms for 7 to 10 days.
Fever and flu-like symptoms
Children often get a fever and other flu-like symptoms 3 to 5 days after they catch the virus. Symptoms can include fever, eating or drinking less, sore throat, or feeling unwell.
Your child can get painful mouth sores.
March 13, 2023
- Is a small non-enveloped virus (27 nanometers); moderately to highly resistant to inactivation
- Worldwide infections number greater than 680 million recorded cases annually, with 200,000 deaths (from 2015 data)
- Is a very persistent virus in the environment (water and environmental surfaces)